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Julien Lethbridge’s acrylic and graphite work on paper, ‘Cobweb’, wonderfully demonstrates Lethbridge’s interest in the representation and manipulation of space and texture. Here, the artist applies thin layers of white, almost translucent paint over stark graphite lines, creating the illusion of a silky cobweb. Framed within a rectangular window, Lethbridge’s web appears dense with fainter lines proving a sense of depth. Seemingly organized beneath the frame, Lethbridge adds an additional level of intrigue with unruly strands that escape the strict outline.

Through experimentation with texture and space, Julian Lethbridge’s (b. 1947) works paradoxically explore the possibilities of improvisation and organization. Lethbridge was born in Sri Lanka, raised in England, and educated at Winchester College and Cambridge University, but he currently works and lives in New York where he has established a successful career. His works are characterized by multiple layers that result in richly textured canvases, the evident result of a painstaking and elaborate process. While the methodology of his creative process calls for movement likened to abstract expressionism, his works maintain an element of structure and organization. Though they are purely abstract, his paintings recall natural phenomena, including waves of floating particles or small objects rustled by wind. Lethbridge’s works have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally, recently including at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA (2012); John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2011); Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY (2010); and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY (2009).

Selected Public Collections:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Tate Gallery (London, England)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.)

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  • Private Collection, USA.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 30 x 22.5 in. (76.2 x 57.15 cm.)
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